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  Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music
  "Monk's Music"

Thelonious Monk Septet
Coleman Hawkins
Art Blakey
Gigi Gryce
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Review by akiralx February 24, 2005 (3 of 8 found this review helpful)
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I've just been sampling some jazz SACDs after listening exclusively to classical over recent years, and while I have enjoyed Miles Davis the most, and appreciated Bill Evans, this disc just did not interest me. I found it slightly repetitive, and rather unremarkable in terms of piano playing - Monk must have done more than this to gain his reputation, surely? Miles Davis seems more inventive and with greater vision.

Sonically this stereo hybrid is OK for its age, a little harsh on some of the brass. But it doesn't have the atmosphere of the Davis albums I've heard (only two admittedly, and one of those was in multichannel). This does recreate the feeling of a live jam session fairly well, but sounds a little rough and ready.

If you like this kind of music, I wouldn't criticise as I'm speaking from a less knowledgeable position - but if you're a newcomer to jazz I'd start elsewhere, or at least sample before buying.

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Review by montejay May 17, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I'm surprised by the conficting reviews of this disc. I have to disagree with the review that gave it poor ratings in both music and sonics. Considering the talent on this disc, I don't understand how it could be but perhaps Monk for some is an aquired taste or perhaps we are not listening to the same disc! Obviously the previous reviewer is not a big jazz fan. To each his own. Coltrane, Hawkins,Blakey and Monk, 'nough said.
Musically, this is a 5 star. One of my favorites for years. The SACD has made me appreciate this album all over again.
Sonically, it does not compare to Miles KOB, but few do. It has a bit of a pan left right soundstage but once you hear it a couple of times it snaps into place. Love hearing two of my favorite sax players doing their thing together (three sax players in total!). Art is in full swing holding together the steller melodies Monk puts down.
Most highly recommended and in rotation for years.

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Review by Bogart February 13, 2005 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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As stated by the previous reviewer - this piece is just beautiful and will capture you if you are a lover of brass. The description leaves out the fact that Coltrane is playing along side Hawkins, and it is quite a treat. So, you've got two tenor saxes and Gigi Gryce on alto sax. Listed as modern jazz, it was recorded almost 50 years ago. All the songs are compositions or arranged by Monk and have the group in mind for the session. If you don't mind two takes of two of the songs, you should love "Monks Music". It sounds like it was recorded much more recently, but the soundstage is not as open as more recent recordings. You need not be a Monk fan to appreciate this recording.

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